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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 3/20/2008
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday March 20, 2008 with reports of EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL, FRANKLIN'S GULL, TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

An adult FRANKLIN'S GULL was found among the large Ring-billed Gull flock at Spruce Run Reservoir's boat launch area Mar 17. No reports since. Also there this week were 6 TUNDRA SWANS Mar 17, a RED-NECKED GREBE Mar 20, and up to 24 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS. At nearby DeMott's Pond in Clinton several pairs of REDHEAD continue. Also in Hunterdon County a NORTHERN SHRIKE was found along Lightfield Road near Solberg Airport Mar 14.

At Sandy Hook the long-staying TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE continues through at Mar 16; viewed around the east end of Randolph Dr north of the Boy Scout camp parking lot. Other birds noted at the hook this week included 3 TUNDRA SWANS at the salt pond/north pond area Mar 14-17; approximately 10,000 NORTHERN GANNETS in a feeding frenzy off the toll booths Mar 17, AMERICAN BITTERN at North Pond, a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK from the hawk watch Mar 18, 20+ AMERICAN WOODCOCKS at dawn, and 13 FOX SPARROWS Mar 14. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily bird reports.

The EURASIAN WIGEON was still present at Silver Lake in Belmar Mar 16.

The Whitesbog NORTHERN SHRIKE was still present Mar 15. Although no specific location was given, the bird was viewed a week ago in the second abandoned bog from the village.

At Barnegat Light State Park Mar 15 there were 34 HARLEQUIN DUCKS and a female KING EIDER.

Brigantine NWR hosted a EURASIAN WIGEON and a EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL Mar 15. Also there this week were AMERICAN BITTERN and SHORT- EARED OWL.

A ROSS'S GOOSE was gleaned from a SNOW GOOSE flock along Featherbed Lane in Salem County Mar 15.

At Laurel Hill Park in Secaucus 32 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS and a COMMON RAVEN were observed Mar 14.

Reports from the Great Swamp NWR this week included 2 TUNDRA SWANS, 2 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, and 43 WILSON'S SNIPE, all viewed from the friends blind.

In Sussex County 12 REDHEADS and a HORNED GREBE were noted at Hendershot's Cove at Swartswood Lake Mar 17. More REDHEADS and a dozen RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were at Paulinskill Lake and at the Sussex County landfill 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, a "NELSON'S" GULL, and COMMON RAVEN were noted, all Mar 15.

The Allendale Celery Farm hosted 3 PURPLE FINCHES and 2 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS Mar 20.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Your help is needed! The New Jersey Audubon Society is currently recruiting volunteers for bird surveys in grassland and Piedmont areas of the state through our Citizen Science Program. Participants must have prior experience in bird identification and be willing to commit one weekend day in April for training and 2 to 4 days for surveys. For more information about grassland surveys contact Kristin Mylecraine at 908-766-5787 x 15 or kristin.mylecraine AT njaudubon.org For more information about Piedmont Surveys please contact Nellie Tsipoura at 908-766-5787 x 20 or nellie.tsipoura AT njaudubon.org

The Sandy Hook Migration Watch welcomes visitors and is open to the public daily. The annual count of migratory birds is conducted at the North Pond Observation Deck adjacent to parking area K. For more information see http://www.njaudubon.org/Centers/SHBO

See Life Paulagics has rescheduled its pelagic trip out of Cape May to SUNDAY, APRIL 13. The boat is scheduled to leave at 6:00 AM and return around 6:00 PM. For more information, contact them at 215-234-6805 or go to their web site at http://www.paulagics.com

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500 or email sightings AT njaudbubon.org Reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 14 Crown Drive, Warren NJ 07059. hanks for calling and reporting.

 
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